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Index card 1

Sicilian fish stew

This is one of the simplest, yet tastiest, recipes for fish stew I’ve tried. I like to have a few thick slices of crusty bread on the side, to mop up the sauce at the end of the meal.

Coconut milk and fresh coriander are a classic Asian combo that work really well in this red curry pork recipe.

This really hearty supper is usually more than my family can eat at one sitting, so I often end up having pork and sweet potato curry for lunch the next day, too. Bonus!

Pork and sweet potato curry
Spanish-style bangers and beans

This recipe is great for those days when you need something quick and sustaining.

Most of the ingredients have a long shelf life, so I often buy extra and keep a packet of chorizo, some ‘home bake’ bread, and tins of tomatoes and beans in reserve for those ’emergency’ situations when I haven’t had a chance to go to the supermarket and I need to whip something up, fast.

During my undergrad years, I earned my pocket money as a silver service waitress in a posh hotel. As well as cooking up fancy fare for the diners, the chefs would also prepare a simple daily meal for the staff. This rustic chicken supper was one of my favourites.

Simple chicken supper
Chilli jam prawns

A delicious Asian-style recipe with chilli, lemongrass, coconut and prawns, steamed in the pan with fragrant jasmine rice. Dairy-free and gluten-free.

For each index card I create, I have a few simple rules that I like to stick to…

The recipes must be nutritious, delicious and healthy, yet quick and simple to make. And they must compliment each other so that there is minimal food waste, without repetition.

So, for example, if one recipe uses half a tin of coconut milk, there will be another recipe that uses the other half.

As you work your way through the cards, you will find that subsequent shopping lists also highlight ingredients that have featured in an earlier card. Some of these may be fresh ingredients, like long-lasting herbs, but many of them relate to store cupboard ingredients like red curry paste or balsamic vinegar.

By the time you get to Index card 6, you should have a useful store cupboard of staple ingredients that can be used to make a wide variety of tasty meals.

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